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    2009 Prospect Central: A look at the Top Prospects

    New Page 1 Welcome to another season of Prospect Central! Here is where you find breakdowns of Insiderbaseball.com’s Top 100 Prospects. Each week you can also check out our Prospect Central Spreadsheet Hitters / Pitchers (which is handled by...

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    NL Player Spotlight - September 21, 2008

    Jim Edmonds Edmonds continues to be a surprisingly-valuable asset for the playoff-bound Cubs, going 1-for-4 with a double on Saturday. He’s batting a so-so .236/. 345/.479 in 330 at-bats and while the average is a bit of a liability, Edmonds...

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    AL Player Spotlight- September 20, 2008

    Robinson Cano- NYA- Hot- Cano went 1-for-4 with a homer last night to make him 6-for-10 in his last 3 games, raising his September batting average to .226. Still, this month Cano has only drawn a single walk while striking...

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    AL Player Report - September 19, 2008

    Derek Jeter: Jeter can celebrate for getting the unbreakable record of most hits in Yankee Stadium history, but his skills appear to be declining. His approach at the plate has remained consistent, 2006/2007/2008 BB%’s of 10%/8%/8% and Ct%’s of 84%/84%/85%,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - 9/18

    I really haven’t paid too much attention to Aubrey Huff in the second half but oh my LORD has this guy had a GREAT season. Huff went 2-5 last night with a HR and 2 RBI, bringing his season totals...

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    NL Player Report - September 17, 2008

    Cameron Maybin: The Marlins called up Maybin from Double-A where he had a good, but not great, season, 13/49/.277 with 21 steals in 390 AB. He showed a nice ability to work counts, 13% BB%, but is swinging and missing...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Alfredo Aceves - Aceves has thrown two straight quality starts against the Angels and White Sox after last night's outing, leading to all sorts of speculation that he'll be in the Yankee rotation next season, something I find reasonably unlikely....

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    NL Player Spotlight- September 16, 2008

    J. J. Upton- ARI- Hot- Upton was at it again last night, going 2-for-4 with his second homer in as many games. Since returning from the DL, he is hitting .389 in 13 games. Upton’s strikeout rate has dropped, with...

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    NL Daily Notes - September 15th, 2008

    Max Scherzer: I love me some Max Scherzer! Mad Max was at it again on Sunday mowing down Reds in 6 dominating innings. Unfortunately thanks to the Diamondbacks rather offensive offense, Scherzer was credited with a no decision despite yielding...

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    NL Player Spotlight - September 14, 2008

    Tim Lincecum Lincecum on Saturday – the good: his first career shutout, a complete-game four-hitter in which he struck out 12 Padres. The bad: an unbelievable 138 pitches. With a 17-3 record, 2.43 ERA, and major league leading 243 strikeouts,...

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    AL Daily Notes - September 14th, 2008

    Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury went 4-8 in the two games in the doubleheader yesterday and scored 3 times, improving his September line to .243/.317/.351. It’s been a rough go of it for Ellsbury since his tremendous success in April and May...

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    2008 AL Daily Player Spotlight - September 13th

    Jed Lowrie – Lowrie was probably Boston’s MVP last night. He drove in their first 2 runs and also scored their third run. Lowrie finished the night 2-2 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a walk. Both of his...

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    NL Daily Notes - September 12th, 2008

    Roy Oswalt: There might not be a more valuable fantasy pitcher over the last 6 weeks than Roy Oswalt. Oswalt continued his tear throwing a 1 hitter on Thursday night and making it look quite easy. He needed just 102...

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    AL Player Report - September 12, 2008

    Jeremy Guthrie: The Orioles may shut down Guthrie for the rest of the season due to an ailing shoulder. Guthrie had a solid season, 3.57 ERA in 29 starts, but with a pretty average skill set; 5.7 K/9, 2.8 BB/9,...

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    AL Player Spotlight- September 11, 2008

    Carlos Gomez- MIN- Hot- Gomez went 2-for-4 and stole his 30th base of the season yesterday. If he had an OBP of higher than .290, Gomez would have a much higher steal total. However, as long as he stays allergic...

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    Value Picks - September 10th, 2008

    First Pitch – Value Picks – September 10th, 2008 As Joe alluded to yesterday, our focus after this week will start to shift towards next year for those in keeper formats, which means this will be the final Value Picks...

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    NL Player Report - September 10, 2008

    Manny Burriss: Burriss could be done for the year with a strained oblique. Considering that he had just 14 games above Single-A ball before coming to the Giants, Burriss did a good job, 1/18.283 with 13 steals in 240 AB....

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    AL Player Profiles

    Brandon Wood - After two homers last night, Wood has three in his last three games, so maybe he's finally adjusting to the big league level. The 23 year old has seen his plate discipline deteriorate in each of the...

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    NL Player Spotlight- September 9, 2008

    Greg Maddux- LAN- Cold- Maddux continues his extreme home/road splits even when the road venue is his former home. Pitching in San Diego last night he was touched for 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 IP...

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    NL Daily Notes - September 8th, 2008

    Prince Fielder: Spring Training 2007 I went on a big campaign about Fielder not having the type of power that would result in 50 HR seasons and that the Ryan Howard comparisons weren’t appropriate. Of course Fielder went on to...

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    NL Player Spotlight - September 7, 2008

    Randy Johnson Johnson was scratched from his start on Sunday against the Dodgers due to a sore shoulder. Let Andre Ethier and company rejoice. From all the reports, the injury isn’t serious, with Johnson saying that he just needs a...

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    AL Player Spotlight- September 6, 2008

    Brendon Morrow- SEA- Hot- Morrow was supposed to throw no more than 100 pitches last night, but when he was carrying a no hitter into the late innings, that notion went out the window. Morrow finally gave up a hit...

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    NL Player Spotlight - 9/6

    I have to register my astonishment at how great Bronson Arroyo has been in the second half for the Reds. After allowing just 1 ER in 6.1 IP with 6 K's last night against the slumping Cubs, he brought his...

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    Daily NL Player Spotlight - September 5th, 2008

    Trevor Hoffman – Hoffman recorded his 28th save of the season, and he will most likely save at least 30 games for the 13th season out of the last 14. The only season he did not obtain 30 saves came...

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    AL Player Report - September 5, 2008

    Jered Weaver: Weaver will have his next start pushed back 3 days after injuring his hand while trying to get up off the bench in the Coamerica Park dugout. After bursting onto the scene in 2006, 11-2 with a 2.56...

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    AL Player Spotlight- September 4, 2008

    B. J. Upton- TB- Hot- Although his homer total is way down from last season (from 24 to 8), Upton’s has hit 33 doubles, as opposed to 25 in 2007. His Batting EYE has also improved dramatically, from .42 to...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - September 4, 2008

    This week's Prospect Spreadsheet update wraps up my contribution in this area this year. The minor league season is just about over, though guys like David Price are staying down to help their teams through the playoffs. This year's awards...

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    AL Player Spotlight - 9/3

    Reports yesterday said Torii Hunterwas out with a head injury so I kept him out of my lineup for today and, quite naturally, he went 3-4 with 1 R, 3 RBI and a SB. Hunter has been seeing the ball...

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    NL Player Report - September 3, 2008

    Dallas McPherson: The Marlins called up McPherson from Triple-A, where he had a monster season, 42/98/.275. He has legitimate power but consider that his home park in Albuquerque gave his power a boost and his 66% Ct% will get worse...

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    AL Player Profiles

    Justin Verlander - Yesterday was the latest in a season-long stretch of rough outings for Justin Verlander, as he allowed six singles, a homer, and two walks to the Yankees in just 1 2/3 innings to take his league-leading 15th...

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    NL Player Spotlight- September 2, 2008

    Jonathon Niese- NYN- Rookie- The Brewers may not be the best of teams for southpaw Niese to make his major league debut against. Milwaukee is 31-14 against lefties, the best mark in the NL, and are hitting .274 against them...

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    NL Player Spotlight- September 1, 2008

    Matt Cain- SF- Cold- Cain’s control problems caught up with him yesterday as he had as many walks and runs allowed (5) as innings pitched. He also gave up 8 hits and struck out 3. Even with only 5 IP,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - 9/1

    Justin Morneau was fantastic for the Twins yesterday as he went 2-5 with a homerun and 4 RBI. Morneau's line for the season is .312/21/108/85 and he still has plenty of time to surpass the 25 HR mark. I am...

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    NL Player Commentary - August 31, 2008

    Michael Bourn With the Astros firmly out of the NL Central race, the organization announced a few days ago that Bourn would get the majority, if not all, of the starts in center field through the end of the year....

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    NL Player Spotlight

    Will Venable - With Scott Hairston gone for the year, Will Venable has gotten the call for the Padres as, likely, their everyday CF. The Padres' minor league system is full of offense-suppressing parks, as you'd expect given their big...

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    AL Daily Player Spotlight - August 30th, 2008

    Daisuke Matsuzaka – Dice-K might have a sub 3 ERA this season, but he has not pitched as well as one might think. He has a pretty atrocious walk rate, allowing 5.29 batters to reach 1st base via a free...